I had to write an article today, about cruising as a retirement plan, and I knew it would take me a while, so I pushed these notes into place and left them with a promise to myself to finish the thought.  To those who checked into my blog earlier and found only notations, I apologize.  

I've talked about clutter before, hoarding and mess. Storage spaces all over the country are rented, filled and never emptied, just added to.  A popular television show - several, in fact -  focuses on differ aspects of clutter, from dangerous to psychopathic.  After living successfully for  several months with so few of my own possessions, admittedly with a ship's provisions to draw on and my own Google resources, I realized that I could dispense with a load of stuff at home.  So part of my rehabilitation has been the fulfillment of my promise to myself.  First, of course, I had to find boxes, and recipients - slowly. (Everything is slow.) I filled two boxes with clothes that went to Oasis, akin to Good Will or the Salvation Army as a repository for used, clean apparel, all sizes, genders and styles.  Pause then while I looked for more cartons; I'm ready to load some more.  I have gained hangers and two empty drawers and closet space, and I'm actually wearing a few things I'd forgotten about.  Bonus.

Erin Rooney Doland is an expert in organization, master-mind of the web site, Unclutterer, and author of the book, Unclutter Your Life in One Week (2010)  Her blurb claims that she will help you:

 • Part with sentimental clutter

 . Organize your closet based on how you process information

 • Build an effective and personalized filing system

 . Avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process

 . Maintain your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort

Wow!  Who needs a shrink? 

On the other hand, I came across another book that I bought for the title alone because it made me think of Laurel and Hardy. Is anyone old enough to remember those comedians? Laurel used to berate poor Ollie for his shortcomings and whenever disaster resulted, he'd say

"What a fine mess!"  or was it "What a perfect mess!"?

So I bought this book titled "A Perfect Mess" and guess what?  It's in favour of messes.  The sub-title is "the Hidden Benefits of Disorder" and it goes on with further description:

"How crammed closets, cluttered offices, and on-the-fly plannng make the world a better place." 

More anon.